Hike the seven-mile Lake Shore Trail, winding around the lake and through the park. A nature trail is located on the north side of the park and cross-country skiing and snowmobiling are popular activities in the winter on designated trails.
Boat or Swim at Lake Wapello, featuring one of the best sand beaches in southern Iowa. A large beach house is located near the lake, and boats may be operated at “no wake” speeds.
Fish for bluegill, red ear sunfish, channel catfish and more at Lake Wapello. Catch-and-release fishing only is allowed, and fishing jetties, universally accessible piers and the shoreline provide great fishing opportunities for anglers of all ages. The lake’s underwater reefs, sunken cedar trees and spawning beds create healthy fish habitats.
Stay overnight in one of 13 family cabins or at the park’s campground. One cabin is ADA accessible. All cabins can sleep up to four people and contain a restroom, shower, stove and oven, microwave and a refrigerator. Two cabins are open year-round and the other cabins are available from April through October. Lake Wapello’s campground contains full hook-up, electric and non-electric sites near the lake with modern showers and restrooms nearby. One-fourth of the campsites are available on a first-come, first-served basis and advance campsite reservations can be made online.
Reserve an open shelter for an outdoor gathering during your visit. The shelter offers beautiful views of Lake Wapello and can be reserved through the online reservation system for Lake Wapello State Park.